A Look Back at Mardi Gras from 1927 in Shreveport
The Krewe of Gemini began rolling 30 years ago to bring Mardi Gras back to Shreveport Bossier. But our area actually celebrated Mardi Gras as far back as 1927.
Here's amazing video from the LSUS Archives showing some of the floats from that day.
The parading in Shreveport ended just after the depression, but it was renewed in 1989 when the Krewe of Gemini began rolling through Shreveport and Bossier City. Several years ago, the parades stopped rolling in Bossier City because the city of Bossier wanted an earlier start to keep the parade from rolling during the night time hours. The parade Krewes did not want to make that change. So the route was changed to include the Clyde Fant Parkway from Lake Street to Shreveport Barksdale Highway and ending up on East Kings at Preston in Shreveport.
The Krewe of Centaur follows that same route. Hundreds of thousand of visitors flow into our community for the parades each year. The economic impact is expected to top the $20 million dollar mark.